The man, 39-year-old Brendan Sokaluk, did not appear in Monday's hearing in Melbourne Magistrates' Court, the Australian Associated Press reported. An order banning the publishing of Sokaluk's street address or his image remains in place.
Public passions are running high in the aftermath of the fires that have killed scores of people. One T-shirt says, "The bastards who lit Victoria's fires should: Burn in hell."
Sokaluk is suspected of lighting a fire on February 7. He was charged with arson causing death, intentionally or recklessly lighting a bush fire, and possessing child pornography, Victoria state police said last week. The fire Sokaluk is accused of setting killed at least 21 people in Gippsland.
The death toll in a string of fires across Victoria climbed to 189 on Monday, police reported. The number of fires burning had dropped to six, from about a peak of about three dozen, the Country Fire Authority said.
Meanwhile, more than 150 detectives were working on the arson investigation, authorities said. The fires have destroyed more than 1,800 homes and displaced about 7,000 people.
to charge someone with
|to assert that someone is guilty of a particular crime (official crime mentioned – e.g. arson, first degree murder, armed robbery, assault, etc...) |
EX. The police are charging him with armed robbery.
to charge someone over
|to assert that an activity may be the result of a crime committed (activity or event where a possible crime took place – death of husband, protest event, car accident, etc..) |
EX. Authorities may charge Phelps over his bong use.
to lift a ban
|to put an end to something that has been forbidden or restricted |
EX. Turkey’s prime minister’s attempt to lift the ban on headscarves was anti-secular.
|to burn and destroy |
EX. The lava flow from Mount St. Helens completely scorched the forests around the mountain.
|a) a court appearance before a judge other than a formal trial; b) a formal meeting of an investigative body or legislative committee where evidence or testimony are given |
EX. State Real Estate Commissions hold hearings to investigate complaints filed against licensed salespersons.
passions are running high
|An expression to mean that people are experiencing strong emotions. |
EX. Due to the sensitive nature of the incident, passions are running high on both sides of the controversy.
the aftermath (uncount noun)
|the consequences or state of affairs resulting from something |
EX. In the Maldives, there are severe problems in the aftermath of the tsunami.
scores (in the plural)
|large numbers |
EX. Scores of people attended the Obama presidential campaign rallies.
to light (irregular verb – lit, lit)
|to set on fire or ignite |
EX. To create a romantic mood at dinner, he lit the candles on the table.
|to be thought guilty without proof |
EX. Because of her connection to the victim, she was suspected of murdering him.
arson (uncount noun)
|the crime of purposely setting fire to a building or property |
EX. Vehicle arson is unfortunately an annual event in Strasbourg on New Year’s Eve.
|not regarding the circumstances, irresponsibly, dangerously |
EX. His driving at 160 kilometers an hour on the motorway in the rain recklessly endangered his life and of those around him.
a bush fire or a bushfire
|a fire that occurs in the bush (collective term for the countryside in Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia) |
EX. In south east Australia, bushfires tend to be most common and most severe during summer and autumn.
|to have legal action brought against |
EX. He was accused of murdering his ex-wife because his fingerprints were found at the crime scene.
|the number of dead |
EX. The death toll in Africa due to AIDS may hit 100 million by the year 2025.
a string of
|any series of things in close or uninterrupted succession |
EX. Obama’s string of victories in the presidential primaries gave him enough delegate votes to win his party’s nomination.
|the highest or utmost point of anything; height; maximum |
EX. In December, the flu season was at its peak.